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Desert Area Fish Farms

Fish farming began in the 1970s and has seen steady growth. Having a reliable and sustainable fish supply has been a reason to open a fish farm since the early days. However, that’s not the only benefit of fish farms.

Traditional crop-growing farms will grow through a lot of water, especially in desert areas like Arizona. By merging agriculture and aquaculture, the water supplies get used twice. First, the water will be used for the fish. A species like tilapia are a fresh water fish, which is important since salt water is harmful to most vegetable and table crops.  The water will contain fish waste along with other nutrients, like phosphorus and nitrogen, vital to plant growth. This completely removes the need to purchase fertilizers.

Compared to cattle and livestock farms, fish farms run with a lower overhead cost. The ratio of 1.5 kg of feed to 1.0 kg of fish is considerably better than the 8 kg of feed to 1 kg of beef ratio. That’s because fish use less energy for body support due to their natural buoyancy. Fish also do not waste energy regulating body heat. It is similar to the effect of food consumption between laying around doing nothing compared to spending the day at 24 Hour Fitness in Phoenix. Fish just aren’t as active. This, in turn, makes fish a good source of protein at a much lower cost.

Another added benefit is fresh fish in areas where fish haven’t typically been found. Now, with Arizona fish farms, fish can be delivered much quicker and cheaper to the desert areas that previously.

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